Congratulations to both Natasha D’Souza, the creator of Zeely Adventures, and Dr. Ralph Serin of Carleton University. A Recognition Reception was held at TheCodeFactory on Tuesday, April 14th, and we were excited to celebrate the accomplishments of the Ottawa Chapter Nominees of the Manning Innovation Awards. Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor joined us to propose the toast for the nominees.  Thank you to our event supporters Invest OttawaBDC and GGFL. A big thank you to Grounded Kitchen and Coffeehouse for the excellent catering.


From left to right: Natasha D’Souza, Ian Graham (back), Zeely (front), Dr. Ralph Serin, and Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor

Ms. D’Souza’s Virtual Therapy System teaches children with development challenges emotions and how to decode facial expressions, which is the foundation of communication and social response. Making this therapy available through a virtual delivery system available on iTunes to parents, teachers and counsellors drastically reduces wait times for this important area of development.

Dr. Serin’s Structured Parole Decision-Making Framework (SPDMF) is an evidence-based Framework that enhances transparency, accountability and consistency in parole decision making. The Framework incorporates decision makers’ conventional wisdom while improving analysis of individual cases. SPDMF was adopted by the Parole Board of Canada in 2011 for use in all release decisions.

Both nominees are demonstrating their imagination to innovate and their stamina to succeed while improving the economic and social well-being of their communities, our country and beyond.

Winners of the 2015 Manning Innovation Awards will be announced in the fall and honoured along-side four Young Canadian winners at a gala in Saskatoon on October 2. The Manning Innovation Award winners are selected by a distinguished body of academic and professional leaders from across Canada.

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been discovering, honouring and rewarding Canadian innovators since 1982. Nearly 2,500 Canadians of all ages and regions have been recognized as qualified nominees, of which 250 have received the top Manning Innovation Awards.